Thursday Three Hundred: The Dream of The 1880s is Alive in McKinney, And This Restored Farmhouse is Proof

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601 Parker Front

You’ll have to forgive me for the lame Portlandia reference. I love old homes. They remind me of a time when things were crafted by artisans, built by hand and appreciated. They remind me that, while it feels like we’ve reinvented construction and made old new again, there was nothing really wrong with “old” in the first place.

601 Parker Living

So that’s how I fell in love with this amazing listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s associate Ann Henry. This gorgeous 1884 farmhouse in McKinney has been lovingly restored from its incredible oak and pine floors to the luxuriously high ceilings. Featuring three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and three separate living spaces, 601 Parker Street will charm the pants off of you.

601 parker dining

You’ll be positively mesmerized by some of the details in this home, namely the exposed stone fireplaces, the incredible carved staircase, the restored hearths in pretty much all of the downstairs public areas, and the amazing front porch. There is more than 3,000 square feet of usable space in this house, and at $365,000 it’s every bit a bargain.

601 Parker Kitchen

The kitchen has a keeping room on the other side of that amazing stone fireplace, and features plenty of glass-front cabinets to show off your china collection. Sure, there’s not a lot of prep area, but that’s nothing a large island can’t fix. The perfect spot would be where the china hutch is opposite the range. An added bonus is that it would increase storage space, because like most older homes, it doesn’t look like there’s a pantry in the kitchen.

601 Parker keeping

The master suite has a large sitting area, which gives this home a sort of bed-and-breakfasty feel. That theme extends to the master bath, which has a claw-foot tub.

601 Parker Master

This home also has a guest house, perfect for in laws or, if McKinney’s city code allows, a renter. There’s a bit of distance between the two buildings and the three-car-garage that looks like an adorable little barn. Seriously, this home has epic cuteness!

601 Parker Backyard

So, could you live the bed-and-breakfast lifestyle 365 days a year?


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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